Art Appreciation

Like most of the artists whose work I’ll be sharing here over the coming weeks, Tran Nguyen’s lovely and intimate work speaks fluently for itself – predominately on book covers and in galleries around the world. I first encountered her dreamy portraits of young women lying on rooftops much smaller than they were – possibly her take on Alice in Wonderland as imagined by Rene Magritte:


TASTE FOR BITTERSWEET BEDS (“A Place Procured From Our Yesteryears” exhibition)

Then I saw this piece (in Spectrum if memory serves) seemingly inspired by Gustav Klimt by way of Jody Lee. Beautiful in its patterns and tones, and oblique. I looked at it again and again:

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OUR FLUTTER-SOME ORDEAL (“Nurturing the Uneased Soul” exhibition)

And lately I’ve seen her work gracing Smithsonian Magazine. Every time I see her work, I am impressed and delighted:
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LAID IN A LANDLESS FACADE (Smithsonian Magazine Cover, Art Director: Maria Keehan)



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